The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) held its annual Awards Banquet at the organization’s final event of the 2014 East Coast season, The Heacock Classic Gold Cup, held at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Winners of these distinctions were announced via press release by the organization on Friday, October 3.
First up in the program were the 2014 SVRA Hall of Fame inductees, announced by SVRA President and CEO, Tony Parella. This year’s recipients were: Robert Pass and William “West” Clapp.
Parella said of Pass, “Bob represents what makes SVRA such a unique and successful organization. He’s done it all: he’s been a competitor, was an owner of the organization who freely gave 110% of his (and his family’s) time and energy to help SVRA move ahead, and was even named as our Driver of the Year in 1990.”
He then commented, “West (Clapp) epitomizes the selfless dedication of the many people who work behind the scenes performing the tasks necessary to put on a successful event at every venue we visit. The importance of the work done by the Paddock and Grid Chief is underscored by the fact that his mentor, Mike Swain, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014. It is my pleasure to present him with this award and formally thank him for all he has done for SVRA.”
Additional awards were presented to the first, second, and third place finishers overall in points for the Hawk Endurance Series, as well as the 11 group winners; first, second and third place overall finishers in points along with the 12 class winners in the Sprint Series; The Most Improved Driver; The Rookie of the Year; and the Amateur and Professional Mechanics of the Year.
Winners included: Dawn Meyers — Most Improved Driver of the Year; Dave Zavetsky — Rookie of the Year; Mark Eskuche — Professional Mechanic of the Year; and Shannon Ivey — Amateur Mechanic of the Year.
SVRA Sprint Group Series Winners were: Group 1: Shea Brown; Group 2: Dave Baughman; Group 3: Vic Skirmants; Group 4: Bill Treffert; Group 5: Travis Engen; Group 6: Shannon Ivey; Group 7: Jack Ruscelli; Group 8: Kurt Fazekas; Group 9: Jacek Mucha; Group 10: Ray Zisa; Group 11: Jacek Mucha; and Pre-War: J. J. Rodman.
SVRA Sprint Series Championship Overall Winners were: First Place: Jacek Mucha; Second Place: Travis Engen; and Third Place: Shannon Ivey.
The Hawk Performance Endurance Series Group Winners were: Group 1: Shea Brown; Group 2: Mike Taradash; Group 3: Vic Skirmants; Group 4: David Neidell; Group 5: Travis Engen; Group 6: Shannon Ivey; Group 7: John Boxhorn; Group 8: Scott Burkland; Group 9: Gaston & Connor Kearby (co-drivers); Group 10: Jeff Mitchell & Ron Branom; and Group 11: Travis Engen.
Also awarded were winners of the Hawk Performance Endurance Championship Overall Winners. These were: First Place: Travis Engen (Group 11); Second Place: Shannon Ivey (Group 6); and Third Place: Vic Skirmants (Group 3).
As mentioned earlier in this column, Marc Giroux was named the 2014 SVRA Driver of the Year. An award that is decided on by previous recipients, it is the most prestigious award presented by SVRA each year. An open-wheel owner/driver of both a Brabham and an Indy Lights car, Giroux started his racing career when he attended driving school for the first time in 1993. Since then, he has raced at several tracks in the United States and Canada, most often challenging for a podium position.